Jordan Daniels

Ph.D. Candidate

jordan [dot] leah [dot] daniels [at] emory [dot] edu
Seventh Year Ph.D.

Dissertation: Figurations of Nature in Kant and Adorno (expected 2/2020)

Committee: Prof. Dilek Huseyinzadegan (chair), Prof. John Lysaker, Prof. Rocío Zambrana, Prof. Andrew Mitchell, Prof. Elizabeth Goodstein

Areas of Specialization: 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy (esp.  Critical Theory), Environmental Philosophy, Aesthetics

Area of Competence: Kant,  Feminist Philosophy


M.A., Philosophy, The New School for Social Research, 2011.                Thesis: Culture and Nihilism in Hegel: Dear Little Rameau” in the Phenomenology of Spirit; director: Prof. Jay M. Bernstein

B.A., Philosophy, Eugene Lang College, The New School, 2009.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“Faith and Freedom: Kant at the Boundary of Reason,” in Gerichtshofs der Vernunft Akten des XIII. Internationalen Kant-Kongresses 2019. Eds. Camilla Serck-Hanssen et al. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2020 [Forthcoming].

“Adorno, Benjamin, and Natural Beauty ‘On This Sad Earth.’” [Under Review]

“The Productive Imaginations of Kant and Fichte.” [Under Review]

Book Review  

Review. Amy Allen’s End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory, Journal of World Philosophies 3/2 (2018): 110-113.

Recent Presentations

January 2020  “Hepburn and Adorno on the Aesthetic Experience of Nature”

  • Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, International Association for Environmental Philosophy session (Philadelphia)

October 2019  “Adorno on Natural Beauty and Historical Remembrance”

  • 58th Annual Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (Pittsburgh) 

August 2019    “Faith and Freedom: Kant at the Boundary of Reason”

  • 13th Annual International Kant Congress (University of Oslo)

May 2019        “The Ambivalence of Nature in Benjamin and Adorno”

  • 12th International Critical Theory Conference of Rome (Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago)

February 2019 “Walter Benjamin on Human Transience”

  • Claremont Annual Philosophy of Religion Conference on Humanity: An Endangered Idea? (Claremont Graduate University), *Forum Humanum Fellow

October 2017 “The Productive Imagination in Kant and Fichte”

  • The Society for German Idealism and Romanticism and the North American Kant Society, Joint Conference on Kantian Legacies in German Idealism and Romanticism (Stanford University), *Graduate Student Paper of the Year Nominee

July 2017        “Natural-History and Natural Beauty: Adorno on Objects, Social Truth, and the Possibility of Progress”

  • International Critical Theory Summer School (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

May 2016        “The Translator as Shadow Figure in Benjamin’s Arcades Project

  • Interdisciplinary Conference on Critical Theory: Translation Theory Today (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

Teaching Experience

Emory University

Instructor – Philosophy of Human Nature, Spring 2018
Instructor – Introduction to Feminist  Philosophy, Fall 2017                  Instructor – Philosophy and Literature, Spring 2016
Instructor – Basic Problems in Philosophy, Fall 2015

Co-teacher  – Logic, Spring 2015
Teaching Assistant – 19th and 20th Century Philosophy, Fall 2014

Dowling College

Instructor – Introduction to Philosophy, Fall 2012
Instructor –  Ancient Philosophy, Fall 2012

The New School/Parsons The New School for Design

Teaching Assistant – Dark Worlds: Noir in Context, Spring 2011
Teaching Assistant – Introduction to Visual Culture, Spring 2011